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Ontario Legislative Building, Toronto

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The Ontario Legislative Building is a structure in central Toronto, Ontario that houses the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, as well as the viceregal suite of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and offices for members of the provincial parliament . The building is surrounded by Queen's Park, sitting on that part south of Wellesley Street, which is the former site of King's College, and which is leased from the university by the provincial Crown for a "peppercorn" payment of CAD$1 per annum on a 999 year term.The building and the provincial government are both often referred to by the metonym "Queen's Park".CharacteristicsDesigned by Richard A. Waite, the Ontario Legislative Building is an asymmetrical, five storey structure built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, with a load-bearing iron frame. This is clad inside and out in Canadian materials where possible; the 10.5 million bricks were made by inmates of the Central Prison, and the Ontario sandstone—with a pink-hue that has earned the building the colloquial name of The Pink Palace—comes from the Credit River valley and Orangeville, Ontario, and was given a rustic finish for most of the exterior, but dressed for trim around windows and other edges. There can also be seen over the edifice a multitude of stone carvings, including gargoyles, grotesques, and friezes. The exterior is punctuated with uncharacteristically large windows, allowed by the nature of the iron structure.
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  • We dis not this was a tourist attraction... you can take a short tour to visit the building and be inside the actual parliament!  more »
  • The garden area surrounding the Ontario Legislative Building is well cared for and worth a stroll. On my visit, the cherry blossom trees (there were only 2 trees) were in full bloom and the daffodils ...  more »
  • The irony of this beacon of democratic Canada is that it seems very unapproachable by the general public. It is a beautiful building which could use more public exposure. Definitely one of Toronto's g...  more »
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  • Really nice and informative outside and inside guided tour; for free. Takes about 45 min. Photos can be taken, videos not.
  • Very friendly staff, but tour was very quick..Definitely worth a stop to see the beautiful architecture.
  • Great building. My wife and I got a free and a private tour when we came in, which was nice. The tour covered a lot of interesting about the building and especially the Legislative Assembly - it was quite informative! There are definitely things to take pictures of inside.
  • beautiful buildings.. lots of space...but dont know what it's used for.
  • Beautiful building with a gorgeous view on Queen's park. If you can have a little stroll inside, go ahead.